We choose not to strengthen these features of the band’s music, but focus on the sense of freedom, cool travelling throughout never ending landscapes of wild beauty and of course the unimpeded sense of rocking an’ rolling without sounding either bluegrass or country – like, which was expected at first, to say the least.
Indicative of this conflict is the review on their first (colossal) album of one of RYM’s users (TheCunningStunt) who quotes: «Don't get me wrong, it's an okay album with a few enjoyable moments. There's definitely nothing outright bad about except for the name itself (pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd) but every time I listen to it, it make me feel like I indulge in incest, woman beating and casual racism and it evokes an image of some old guy with a beard, who wears a waistcoat and cowboy hat with a pack of cigarettes rolled up in his sleeve, while chewing tobacco, drinking a six-pack and professes his love for "Free Bird" and claims that it's the greatest song in existence.»
Ok it is way too provocative but speaks some truth regarding the roots of its music (which were influenced by black blues music but not lyrically), but wrongs this important debut album that placed today’s band amongst the pioneers of that sound and dubbed them kings of Southern Rock the way AC/DC were dubbed Kings of boogie – rock.Experts have to say about the great guys from the South:
«Lynyrd Skynyrd (/ˌlɛnərd ˈskɪnərd/ LEN-ərd-SKIN-ərd) is an American rock band best known for having popularized the Southern rock genre during the 1970s. Originally formed in 1964 as My Backyard in Jacksonville, Florida, the band was also known by names such as The Noble Five and One Percent, before finally deciding on "Lynyrd Skynyrd" in 1969. The band gained worldwide recognition for its live performances and signature songs "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Free Bird". At the peak of their success, band members Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines, and backup singer Cassie Gaines, died in an airplane crash in 1977, putting an abrupt end to the 1970s era of the band.
The surviving band members re-formed in 1987 for a reunion tour with lead vocalist Johnny Van Zant, the younger brother of Ronnie Van Zant. Lynyrd Skynyrd continues to tour and record with co-founder Gary Rossington, Johnny Van Zant, and Rickey Medlocke, who first wrote and recorded with the band from 1971 to 1972 before his return in 1996. Fellow founding member Larry Junstrom, along with 1970s members Ed King and Artimus Pyle, remain active in music but no longer tour or record with the band. Michael Cartellone has recorded and toured with the band since 1999.
Lynyrd Skynyrd has sold 28 million records in the United States. They
were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March
13, 2006. On January
25, 2018, Lynyrd Skynyrd announced their farewell tour.»
So ladies and gents, for the second day on the row, here you have it; the band that ranks #62 @My Top100 List, a.k.a.
From 1973 to 1977
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